“The Lord has anointed me to give them the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:3).
Some people are oppressed by their enemies. The rivals are oppressing and the bondage also oppresses. But some people possess the spirit of oppression and they oppress themselves. They get oppressed and separate themselves saying, “I am nothing. My stay in the world is not useful to anyone.” But God raises people saying, “Awake, awake! Put on your strength” (Isaiah 52:1).
The Egyptians were the first to oppress the children of Israel. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew (Exodus 1:12). God did not stand by the side of those who oppressed but stood on the side of those who were oppressed. Similarly, any colleague in your work spot, in business field and your superiors may oppress you. But be assured, God stands by your side.
One person said, “My officer oppresses me in every way he could do. If he asks me to carry a bag of sand I will be doing it but if his wish is for me to deliver a lorry load of sand, what could I do? I realise that my wife and children are totally reliant on my salary and so I even do the impossible things. But even then my officer is not satisfied.
What is the promise of God? “And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. Also, I said to you, “I am the Lord your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell” (Judges 6:9, 10).
Not only the Egyptians but also the Assyrians took the children of Israel in captivity and oppressed them there. The children of Israel were scattered. After this, the Babylonians took the children into captivity and had kept them as slaves for seventy years. If God had not intervened, they could not have come out of the oppression.
“….that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say: “How the oppressor has ceased, the golden city ceased” (Isaiah 14:4).
Dear children of God, you might have been oppressed thus far. God will set your feet in a wide place. So far, you might have come across water and fire. He will guide you on a fruitful hill. He will give you the days of joy in proportion to the years, you had been oppressed.
To meditate: “Also the sons of those who afflicted you Shall come bowing to you, and all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you The City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 60:14).